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About the Author
Davina Bell is an award-winning author of books for young readers of many ages. She writes picture books (including Under the Love Umbrella and All the Ways To Be Smart), as well as junior fiction, middle-grade fiction, and YA. Davina lives in Melbourne, where she works as a children's book publisher. She talks to kids and adults around the country about the enchanting world of books and ideas.
Allison Colpoys is an award-winning designer and illustrator based in Naarm/Melbourne, Australia. Allison is represented by the Jacky Winter Group for illustration.
"The enduring love between parent and child is celebrated in distinctive, vintage-inspired style...a meditation on parental love in all its forms, brought to life by a joyful neon palette."
"Captivating neon illustrations add even more charm to this already delightful story. Under the Love Umbrella reminds children that comfort and love is ever-present, even when you are not near your family."
"A truly charming book little ones will adore."
"This brightly illustrated picture book is a celebration of the enduring love that surrounds your children, wherever they are in the world. The families we meet represent the wonderful diversity that make our world what it is and show that there is nothing to fear from differences. It is also a reminder to children that love is around them, especially in times of worry or fear. This book is suitable for new parents and babies, as well as for children embarking on big changes and adventures, who may benefit from this lovely reminder of the permanence of love. A beautiful message to share with young children."
"A gorgeous book about the transformative power of family love in all its forms. Written in rhyming couplets, it reassures children that they are protected by an 'umbrella' of love wherever they go in the world and whatever they encounter...a truly beautiful book."
"The illustrations are very bright and I like that they embrace a diverse range of families and relationships...I think we should all remember that we have a "love umbrella"."
"Bright, expressive and featuring joyfully diverse illustration throughout, Under the Love Umbrella provides poetic reassurance that whatever happens, children will be protected and loved. Perfect for sharing at bedtime with cuddles."
"The unconditional acceptance of Alfie's parents makes this book unique and may prove assuring to children of similar character. An excellent choice for one-on-one sharing."
--School Library Journal
"Learning to be brave can take time, and readers will empathize with Alfie's slow progress toward that goal."
"Colpoys's stylish, silkscreen-style illustrations use contrasting shades of sea green, deep blue, and bright pink to represent both the real world and Alfie's rich interior life."
"Alfie's success, aided by loving and patient parents, provides a model for children struggling with anxiety and assures them of their ultimate worth and capability. This gentle story ably helps fill a need in children's literature and will help comfort small audiences with their own big fears."